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BOGUE — Town councilmen Monday voted unanimously to adopt the $157,798 fiscal 2020-21 budget, which retains the existing ad valorem property tax rate of 5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

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BOGUE — Bogue Town Clerk Elizabeth Sweeney presented a proposed 2020-21 budget to the town council during its May 18 meeting that shows $157,798 in expected revenues and expenditures and the same property tax rate as in the current fiscal year, 5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

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CEDAR POINT — The Western Carteret Fire Department had a busy afternoon Wednesday, responding to two fire calls back-to-back, the first near Peletier and the second about 6 to 7 miles away, near Bogue.

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CAPE CARTERET — County school officials are concerned about the impact of residential growth in the western part of the county on schools, especially White Oak Elementary.

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MOREHEAD CITY — A recent study of Highway 24 through Carteret and Onslow counties revealed there are a number of potential fixes to improve safety and mobility along the corridor, but not everyone in the county is on board with the recommended projects.

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BOGUE — Councilmen Monday night turned down, for now, an offer by the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments to write the town an ordinance that over time could reduce light pollution.

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CEDAR POINT — Kevin Hunter, chief of the Western Carteret Fire and EMS Department, said Wednesday his crews are as ready and prepared as they can be to deal with any emergencies that arise during Hurricane Dorian over the next few days.

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BOGUE — Despite extreme flooding and damage to her home and produce stand from Hurricane Florence, Sherry Guthrie, owner of Guthrie Farm Produce, was determined to open her stand for the summer season.